Brinjal Dhal Recipe | Food... like Amma used to make it
Dhal with Brinjal, also known as Wedding Dhal, is an opulent version of braised dhal. It is brinjal and dhal simmered in a potpourri of aromatic spices similar to those contained in biryani mix and masala. It forms part of the trio of biryani and carrot salad associated with Indian weddings in South Africa (or at least it was when I was growing up).

brinjal dhal


A few weeks ago, I came across a South Indian Restaurant which served dhal curry (lentil soup) just like Amma used to make it. It did not contain any brinjal but the taste reminded me of Amma’s dhal and brinjal Curry. Amma usually cooked dhal curry with brinjal whenever she made biryani or sometimes during the fasting period. My sisters and I loved eating dhal with bread. Amma would place a slice of bread onto a plate then pour the dhal curry, over it.

Which Spices to use for Making Brinjal Dhal


Unlike braised dhal, dahl with brinjal - made by Amma contained spices similar to biryani mix, like star anise, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, turmeric.While braised dhal gets its pungency from dried red chilli, this recipe uses masala and chilli powder.


    Which Type of  Brinjal to use for Brinjal Dhal?


    To cook dhal with brinjal you can use any Brinjal (Aubergine, eggplant) type - preferably Machiaw or Fairytale, the long types or Barbarella and Nubia, the small round ones. While the large ones are perfect for making fried or stuffed aubergine, they work just as well in this recipe, simply slice into long pieces.

    How to Cook Brinjal Dhal

    Dhal with brinjal is made by first ' braising' the brinjal in spices then add pre boiled dahl before simmering to fuse into a thick soup like consistency.

     

    Brinjal Dhal Recipe




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    Dhal and Brinjal Curry Recipe

    Dhal and Brinjal Curry Recipe

    Prep time: 5 MCook time: 35 MTotal time: 40 M
    Brinjal Dhal is a fusion of spiced brinjal and lentils simmered to form a soup like dish. Best enjoyed with biryani or fresh bread and on its own.

    Ingredients:

    • 8 small Aubergines sliced thin
    • 2 cups Dhal (pre-cooked)
    • 1 medium sized onion (finely chopped)
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger and garlic
    • curry leaves
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable curry masala
    • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 3 cardamom pods
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 2 star anise
    • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
    • salt
    • 2 cups water
    • 3 tablespoons Ghee

    Instructions:

    1. Heat pan. Add oil. I have used 1 tablespoon ghee for this recipe.Fry the onions, ginger garlic and curry leaves.
    2. Add whole spices cardamom, cinnamon and star anise. Fry until onions are brown.
    3. Add masala and turmeric and chilli powder.
    4. Fry for 2-3 minutes until the ghee is infused.
    5. Add grated tomato. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Add Brinjal and half a cup of water. Close pot and allow to simmer.
    6. After 15 minutes, add pre boiled dhal, stir. Add remaining water. Allow to simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
    7. Remove from heat , top with coriander and serve. Best enjoyed with Biryani or on its own.
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